doris kuersteiner psycho therapie

Psychotherapy | Supervision


I can help you with my psychotherapy, if you find yourself in a difficult situation and have one or more of the following symptoms

  • Workplace problem (e.g. mobbing or bullying)
  • Life crisis
  • Problems within the family
  • Emotional problem: for instance, emotional suppression or intensity
  • Mourning or grief
  • Low self-esteem
  • Burnout (state of exhaustion)
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Anxiety problem: for instance, social anxiety, panic attacks
  • Phobia
  • Obsessions
  • Psychosomatic problems


As per the situation and needs of my clients (or patients) I use the following methods: I apply the psychoanalytical / psychodynamic approach *1 or the person-centred approach *2 as the basis for my therapy procedure. I expanded these approaches with focusing *3, as founded by Eugene Gendlin, or with emotion-focused therapy *4 by Leslie Greenberg, Toronto. 


1* In my psychoanalytical psychotherapy, early childhood events and their possible conflictual experiencing are analyzed and to which extent they may contribute to the suffering in the actual situation. I use the psychoanalytical approach mainly with patients that may feel empty of emotions and have long-term disorders that may involve the whole personality. In my therapy setting, psychoanalytic psychotherapy takes place in face to face meetings of one to three sessions a week.


2* I completed my training as a psychotherapist with the person-centred approach. It emphasizes the importance of authenticity or congruence (for example between the ideal self and the real self or between what is verbally said and non-verbally felt). Another aspect is the unconditional positive esteem, and finally the empathic understanding of each of the client's feelings and expressions as they appear in the moment. These three conditions allow the client to explore his self, let it grow and promote his self-awareness. To achieve these goals, the therapist can apply furthermore the reflection or the verbal mirror, which is the intention of the therapist to say in a different way the essential meanings of what was previously expressed by the client.


3* As a further training, I have attended focusing courses and received supervision training in focusing with Agnes Wild-Missong. Although it is common in person-centred psychotherapy as described above2* to connect with feelings, the process of focusing allows the deeper exploration of what is not yet known. It is a process of introspection that enables individuals to relate to the "felt sense" of a problem or concern, initially a “bodily sensation” which assumes meanings that are implicit at first. The process of focusing hence assimilates past and present experiences in a new way. The method originated in the United States in the seventies and extended thereafter. 


4* The experiential and emotion-focused method (Leslie Greenberg) guides people to identify which of their emotions they can trust and rely on as adaptive guides. The perception of healthy (primary) emotions is promoted and old maladaptive emotions and blockages released. The method helps to process also intensive, controlled or suppressed emotions adaptively by re-experiencing them in a constructive way. This method facilitates solving either inner conflicts and tensions or conflict situations with people in our lives, in order to find new ways of handling such situations.


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Costs and billing by your compulsory health insurance

The costs of my psychotherapy services are covered by your compulsory health insurance. You may take up to thirty sessions. What you need is a prescription from your family doctor or other medical practitioner. Please contact me for details.